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The garden in November: 'Death has come to so few.'

It may be a tad dry but it photosynthesizes. Always full of surprises. A garden of dirty delights.

Main events: the frangipanis have taken off; the sweet pepps (capsicums) have set fruit; the young chokoes are harvest-able; the tomatoes have been strung up -- hanging onto the aerials above; the yams are away -- including (maybe) an Elephant Foot Yam; the Day Lilies are flowering (tasty they are too); the pigeon peas are still on the menu; the passion fruit vines have a new lease on life...

Death has come to so few.

It's happening outback with more DIY seedlings waiting on their moment to join in. And my shady nook is converging location;location;location.


  • I drop twine from the handrails   -- which are parallel to the ground -- to string up veg (like tomatoes and cukes).
  • But for climbers/creepers I extend the climbing pathways via twine to the aerials above. As the aerials rock in the wind the handrails prevent the string from uprooting the climbing plants.

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Comment by Dave Riley on November 20, 2016 at 17:49

I'm fretting as the soil does not lie about its symptoms.

I'm working the formula:

Clay Pots + Mulch + Harvested Shade + Swings and Slides ('what you lose...'etc).

And I look back at various past images of the garden and wonder, 'Is this the very same place?'

Wow! Soil is a truly magnificent thing.

We all make our own Terroir.

Comment by DARREN JAMES on November 20, 2016 at 9:58

Its lookin a lot better than mine Dave, just so dry and hard to keep stuff growing how it really should

Comment by Dianne Caswell on November 19, 2016 at 15:28

Your garden is still looking productive, even with these hot days and little rain we are having. Feels good to be able to put something on the dinner table from the garden doesn't it. Thanks for sharing the progress of your garden through these photos, we always enjoy them.

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